WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether Lee Malvo, the younger of the two men who terrorized the Washington region with sniper shootings in the fall of 2002, may challenge his sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The court also agreed to hear constitutional challenges to state laws allowing non-unanimous juries and barring the insanity defense.

Mr. Malvo, now 34, was 17 when he and John Allen Muhammad killed 10 people in sniper attacks in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Muhammad was sentenced to death, and he was executed in 2009.

Mr. Malvo was sentenced to life in prison by judges in both Virginia and Maryland. He challenged his Virginia sentences under Supreme Court decisions that limited life sentences for juvenile offenders.

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